There is one way to describe Papua New Guinea and the perfect word to describe it is diversity. The country has an astounding 700 languages and 600 islands rich with cultural diversity. This phenomenal place has numerous ‘untouched’ sites where tourists can really convene with nature. Not only is the people and culture unique in Papua New Guinea but the ecosystem and wildlife are also some of the great tourist attractions.
Ocean lovers will have their fill with all the activities the water has to offer in Papua New Guinea. Explore the rich flora and fauna and go diving on one of the great snorkeling destinations in the island. Madang, Port Moresby and Rabual provide some amazing dives from scenic reefs to ancient wrecks.
Flora and Fauna Papua New Guinea (creative commons)
If you prefer to stay on top of the water, then fishing or sailing off Papua New Guineas shores is are best things to do. Also, don’t forget to enjoy the unending beauty of the coastlines. One can rent yachts or fishing boats and take them out to sea on their own.
Nature lovers will simply fall in love with the lush forests the region has to offer. There are numerous hiking and backpacking tours that will take you through the rugged interior. The word’s famous Kokoda Track is another magnificent attractions that has to be on your travel list. Unspoilt mountains, rivers and forests grace the area making it an ideal destination for trekking enthusiasts.
Kokoda Track (creative commons)
For a little more adventure, mountain climbing is another alternative. Mt. Wilhelm is one of the most popular destinations for mountain climbers because of its accessibility providing climber’s accommodation along the way. Other popular heights include Mt. Hagen, Mt. Giluwa and Mt. Lalibu.
The rivers of Papua New Guinea also offer a chance for adventure. The Mendi River is one of the popular spots for white-water rafting located in the Southern highlands. This course is prescribed for experienced rafters with 30 foot waterfalls and grade five rapids. In the Eastern Highlands is the Wahgi River that has an international reputation as one of the finest destinations in the world.
Botanical gardens are also abundant such as the Lae Botanical Gardens in the capital of Morobe province. The Wau Ecology Institute also near Lae has a small museum and zoo with animals such as kangaroos, crocodiles and native butterflies.
Papua New Guinea is one of the few places left on earth where you can actually enjoy nature in its genuine state. The rich culture will be the best part of your trip, you can be sure of that!